EDUCATION & RESOURCE CENTER
HELPING ALL ADULT LEARNERS SUCCEED
Community Education Programs offered through May Dugan Center's Education Resource Center (ERC) are free and accept anyone ready to learn. We offer a full spectrum of learning opportunities for adult students including:
Test preparation services for GED, HiSET, Accuplacer, Civil Service, ASVAB, TOEFL, and U.S. Citizenship
College and vocational school entrance support
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Workforce development and employment assistance
Adult literacy, financial awareness and personal enrichment
Each year, our Community Education program welcomes 250 individuals of all skill levels and educational backgrounds. Our educators create individualized lesson plans with each student. Students work at their own pace, one-on-one with one of our classroom instructors or volunteer tutors.
Prior to COVID-19 our classroom was open and available to students five days a week, year-round, M-F 9:30 am - 12:30 pm and M-Th. 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm to allow for flexible scheduling. Currently all services are offered virtually via the Zoom platform until further notice. For more information or to enroll in any of our Community Education Programs, please call 216-631-5800 x120.
NEW SERVICE OFFERING - TAKE THE ONLINE GED TEST WITH HELP FROM MAY DUGAN CENTER
In the past our students could only take the Official GED Test at approved test centers. The GED® Testing Service has created an online testing option while some test centers remain closed or have limited appointments due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a qualifying GED Ready score, you can now use May Dugan Center as your at-home testing site!
Our Education Resource Center offers a large quiet space with comfortable seating and UV sanitized materials. We can also provide all system requirements needed for testing including high-speed internet access and GED proctored security, Monday - Friday 8:30am-3pm. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Director of Education Sarah Edelman at 216-631-5800 x132 or email@example.com.
OUR APPROACH: TRAUMA-INFORMED CARE
The trauma-informed classroom is based on SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) principles of Trauma-Informed Care. Our trauma-informed philosophy provides holistic support for each individual in an inclusive, caring, and supportive environment. We foster development of self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and the ability to self-advocate. In our program, students are able to remove barriers to their learning, pass standardized tests, find successful paths to college and training programs, build skills for self-sufficiency, like budgeting and financial planning, and improve professional communication skills in order to gain sustainable and permanent employment.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE FOR SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (ESOL)
May Dugan Center’s ESOL program is designed for immigrants and refugees who are interested in improving their English skills. Classes focus on speaking, writing, listening, reading, grammar and culture. The ESOL program is a diverse, welcoming community of students from across the world who speak a variety of native languages including Arabic, French, Khmer, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish, Somali, and Igbo. All English language learners are welcome, regardless of skill level. Classes are currently held 4x per week on the Zoom platform from 5pm-7pm. For more information or to enroll in our ESOL program, please call 216-631-5800 x120.
HOW TO ACCESS SERVICES
Due to COVID-19, intake/registration is available by appointment only by calling May Dugan Center at 216-631-5800 x120 Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5pm until further notice.
Please have a Photo ID, Social Security Card and Proof of Address ready before calling.
Questions regarding intake or the registration process? Call our Intake Specialist Kacey at 216-631-5800 x120
For more information, please visit our main Intake page
Sarah Edelman, M.Ed., Director of Education
Jessi Brown, Lead Instructor
Robert Bivins, M.Ed., Classroom Instructor
Elisa Bredendiek, M.Ed., ESOL Instructor (Arabic, French, German, Russian, and Spanish)
Tom Keane, Job Coach
Every year, the Education & Resource Center makes a substantial impact in the lives of the people it sees. Last year the program:
Enrolled 153 people for adult education and workforce development
Assisted 106 job seekers in finding sustainable employment
The Education & Resource Center is supported by:
The Thomas White Foundation
Dollar General Foundation
Cyrus Eaton Foundation
City of Cleveland-Community Development Block Grants
Ohio Attorney General's Office-Victims of Crime Act
United Way of Greater Cleveland